The Arizona Animal Fair returns for its 12th year on Saturday at Reid Park.
The event, presented by Valley Animal Hospital and Saving Animals From Euthanasia, features adoptable animals, nonstop demonstrations, retail vendors and entertainment such as professional Frisbee teams.
It's the biggest celebration of animals of its kind in the Southwest, said Jill Wohlfeil, an event organizer. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend.
Discounted pet vaccinations and microchipping are available, in addition to safety and health seminars.
Pets are welcome if leashed and well behaved.
There will also be food and beer vendors.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday in the park, near East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road. Admission is free.
Benefit Dog wash
On Sunday, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Tucson Roller Derby team up to present the Fifth annual Tails and Ales Dog Wash.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E. 16th St.
The cost is $12, or $10 if you bring your own towels. All proceeds directly benefit the Humane Society and Tucson Roller Derby. A $40 VIP ticket puts you and your pup at the front of the line.
Those who opt to wait can listen to live music on the Barrio patio. You can even take home a commemorative pint glass for $8, or two for $12.
Last year more than 220 dogs lathered up, which raised more than $3,000.
For more info or to preregister, visit hssaz.org
Top dog poster contest
Once your dog is clean and shiny, snap a picture - he or she could be the face of responsible animal ownership in Pima County.
Pima Animal Care Center is holding a contest to find a Poster Pooch for an upcoming dog licensing campaign. The winning pup's image will appear in campaign materials throughout the community.
The winning dog's family will receive a free photo session with pet photographer Ann-Eve Cunningham.
To enter, dogs must be licensed. Send a PDF or JPEG to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight March 18. Include your dog's name, age, breed and a few words about why your dog deserves fame. The Pima County Sheriff's Department will narrow the field to five finalists - and the community will vote to determine the top dog.
In addition to being required by law, licensing helps get your dog recovered if he or she gets lost. The fee is $15 for spayed or neutered dogs.
PACC also has many animals in need of a home. Visit the adoption center at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, or www.pima.gov/animalcare